International Women's Day: A moment to celebrate

International Women's Day is a worldwide celebration of women. It is a way to recognize our accomplishments, highlight the plight of women who are in difficult circumstances throughout the world. It is not Mother's Day, as the event encompasses all women and is celebrated on a global scale.

Even though women and men work together to improve the world there is little equality. Women and children are more likely to live in poverty than our male counterparts. A wage gap still exists between the genders and almost 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women.

The good news is that we are making strides. The number of women in higher education is out pacing men and our life expectancy is over 81 years. We are contributing to science, medicine and technology in record numbers.

I personally know women who are clergy, construction workers, police officers, doctors and truck drivers. For many trail blazers, breaking into these traditionally male-dominated fields came at a personal cost, but acceptance is growing.

I also know women who happily homeschool and are stay at home moms and wives. They throw themselves into family and home and help make life better for all of us.

The video below was created in honor of our achievements. I put it together to celebrate International Women's Day and hope you enjoy it. If you do, share it with a friend and make her smile too.


Back in school for spring 2016

I am back in school this semester and it is a wonderful feeling. I wasn't able to attend during the summer or this fall for a lot of reasons. It was just too tough with the churches, my wonky health and school to get everything in. As you probably know, my daughter helped me a lot during the past few semesters and her job is too busy during the holidays for her to help.

It's time to ease back into the school schedule by taking a single photography course. It meets only one night a week. Hubby has pledged to help me when its needed. Photography is his passion. He knows his way around a DSLR well. I am in good hands. My daughter is also willing to help and I am in good hands there too.

You've probably noticed a shortage in blog posts over here. That's because life and health keeps getting in the way. A wonderful staff blogger holds the fort down at You've Been Reviewed, but not here. It seems unfair to ask someone else to update a blog with my name on it.

Yes, there are bloggers that hire it done and it seems to work well for them. It just doesn't feel right for me. Not with a blog that has my name on it anyway. So, what you read is what you get. Live and in typeface.

My You Tube channel remains active at YouveBeenReviewed. Hubby and Daughter help me over there too. They are the unsung behind-the-scenes heroes that make it work and I appreciate it. Videos are scheduled for Thursday at 12:00 well into March. If my clothing seems out of season, then that's because it probably is. lol

Many thanks to you for your patience with my irregular posting. Life gets a little crazy sometimes. I hope to do a better job keeping everyone updated in the future.

See  ya' online.


Almost empty nesting at Christmas

It is the oddest sensation that today doesn't seem like Christmas. Life has been so busy! I made eight loaves of sourdough bread for the food pantry and another ten to give to friends. Dozens of cookies were made, along with cheese straws and a yule log cake. I even ordered a new cookie press to make the cheese straws with. So why doesn't it feel like Christmas?

Decorated Christmas tree.
The flash flooding could have something to do with it. Rain water overflowed the culvert in front of our home. The end of our driveway was invisible and water spilled over the street. Now I know why they say not to drive on flooded roads. We are well acquainted with the lay of the land in front of our house. Yet, from the safety of our warm home we could not estimate the depth of the water. My husband and I were wearing short sleeves while we watched the downpour burst forth. It's strange for the weather to be so warm at Christmas.

I am happy to report that our tree, all two feet of it, is up and decorated. We will be planting it at some point after Christmas. A small tree is easier for us to decorate. I like the idea that this evergreen will be adding beauty for generations - unless some idiot chops it down later.

My oldest daughter is still at home. We are almost empty nesting this year. I fully anticipate that this will be our final Christmas with her. Our younger daughter and her husband are creating their new traditions from half a country away. They are probably alone today, but I'm confident that his parents will probably make the trip. At least I hope so since we cannot. Work duties preclude us from being able to go.

It is time for my husband and I to think about creating new traditions for our family. I'm not sure what that will look like. Friends go away for the holidays, but that's not an option for us.

For years, our small family would pile into the car after the first of the year for a break. Maybe my husband and I may have to try that. Sort of like an after-Christmas, after party. I like that idea. Maybe we could skiing? Or take the cruise to the Bahamas that Hubby has always wanted to do? Seeing the northern lights in Alaska sounds appealing too.

You know what? I think that I may like this new-tradition Christmas after all.

I hope yours is a merry one!